Not only has Japan gained some new turf, but it’s got a cute shape.
A new island which has emerged following volcanic eruptions off the coast of Japan has sparked delight online after satellite images showed it bears a startling resemblance to a cartoon character.
“Snoopy Island”, as it has been dubbed by Twitter users, has resulted in something of a ripple across social media after it sprouted from the waters around the Ogasawara island chain.
The new island caused great excitement after it was pictured by the Japanese Coast Guard – not least among the government, excited by the prospect of a slight increase in the country’s territorial waters.
The extraordinary landmass’s path to fame began when a volcano erupted in the sea around 500 metres from the existing island Nishino-shima, some 600 miles (1,000km) south of Tokyo in waters nonetheless under Japanese administration.
The new island has been officially named Niijima, however we have a feeling the name Snoopy Island might stick if the island keeps its current formation, which is uncertain at this point.
Kind of looks like he has a jet pack and is blasting off too. Now where’s the Red Baron?